It’s easy, really-I can’t say “Thank You” enough.
I’ve been participating in Team LIVESTRONG Challenges since 2008, but my most memorable one was in 2009. I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. By the time I arrived in Austin, I had had surgery, completed one round of chemotherapy and I had lost my hair.
A very good friend pulled me aside at the finish line of the bike ride that ended at Dripping Springs Middle School. He said, “ I have someone I want you to meet”. It’s a moment that I will never forget. He introduced me to another survivor with a similar diagnosis that was my age. As we talked, I felt that I was looking in a mirror. We shared similar experiences, fears and challenges. She really did “get it”. It was truly a turning point for me.
That same year, a teenage girl approached me and asked me what type of cancer I had. As we talked, I learned that her mother had stage 4 breast cancer. The young girl and her friends were at the finish line with their pom-poms cheering for all the participants. She told me that we were all an inspiration to her and she just wanted to make a difference for people with cancer. Truth be told, she was the inspiration.
Every time I attend a Team LIVESTRONG event, the people I meet humble me. I am grateful to LIVESTRONG for all it does to empower survivors. I’ve said “Thank You” more times than I can count, but I needed to do more to help others the same way I had been helped.
That’s why I’m honored to volunteer as a Team LIVESTRONG Mentor. I love being a mentor. Whether you’ve been a participant all 15 years or if you are a first time participant, I get to share ideas and tips for fundraising and opportunities not to miss. I get to introduce you to programs that are available to survivors and their families because of your fundraising efforts. I get to share in your excitement when you achieve your goals. I get to remind you that you don’t have to travel to participate in a Team LIVESTRONG Challenge. You can register as a virtual participant and walk, run or ride your event where you live. You can even have a mentor! What are you waiting for? Join Team LIVESTRONG today!